Dear Tabby, Our dog has been eating grass a lot lately. She asks to go out and, instead of doing her usual “outdoor activities,” she’s heading directly for a patch of grass and gobbling it down! Why is she doing this? Concerned Dog Owner in Garden Oaks Dear Concerned Dog Owner, What your dog is doing is not uncommon and is actually just what her ancestors did. Dogs, unlike their feline counterparts, are not carnivores. But they’re not like your garden-variety omnivores, either. For tens of thousands of years, these opportunistic scavengers have devoured anything and everything, as long as it fulfilled their basic dietary requirements. So why do they eat grass and what can you do about it? 1. It tastes good: As natural scavengers, canines are programmed to search … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons why dogs eat grass
Dear Tabby, Exciting news! I’m about to adopt a cat--specifically an adult cat. What sort of supplies does an adult cat in an apartment need? Apartment dweller in The Heights Dear Apartment Dweller, Adult cats are oftentimes looked over at shelters for the “Ms. Congeniality” of the shelter world: the kittens. But, adult cats can easily assimilate into a household with little to no adjustment period. They don’t have the bad habits that kittens can have (middle of the night “zoomies” and other crazy kitten antics), and are a wonderful companion--perfectly suited for apartment-living. June just so happens to be “Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat” month, so you’ve picked a great time to meet the feline love of your life! So, what do you need to make an adult cat happy in your home? … [Read more...] about Welcoming a shelter cat into your home
Dear Tabby, The paved street surfaces in Shady Acres are too hot to touch here, as early as noon--and it’s only May! What does my dog feel when walking with me on the hot pavement? Not So Shady in Shady Acres Dear Not So Shady, I applaud your efforts to continue exercising your dog, even in hot weather. It’s tempting to get lax on dog walks when the weather is less than ideal, but by walking your dog daily, you’re giving him a great form or exercise for both his mind and his body. The Humane Society of the United States reminds us that asphalt can get very hot and can burn our pet’s paws. They recommend that we walk our pets on the grass if the pavement is too hot. But, how do you know when the pavement is too hot? The “5 Second” Rule A quick and easy way to gauge … [Read more...] about Shady Acres’ streets aren’t so shady for dog walking
Dear Tabby, What does a microchip do? Can it track my pets if they run away from home? Why should we get them microchipped? To Microchip or Not To Microchip in Rice Military Dear To Microchip..., The month of May just so happens to be “Chip Your Pet Month,” so this is a valuable and timely question. With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency. What Is A Microchip? A microchip is a glass encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal. Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin (which is a painless procedure and can be … [Read more...] about The Microchip: What does it do and is it necessary?
Dear Tabby, My mother has a female dog who has not been spayed yet. Is it really necessary to spay a female dog when she won’t come into contact with any male dogs? To Spay or Not To Spay in Sawyer Heights Dear To Spay, If you have been coming up short on gift ideas for Mother’s Day, I think we’ve just solved your problem: Help you mother to get her dog spayed--as soon as possible! Spaying or neutering your dog is part of responsible canine care. Not only does it help with the overpopulation problem--saving lives of countless animals--but it also has many health benefits for the individual pup who has the procedure done. Also, even though you can try your best to keep your female dog away from unneutered males, you might be surprised at the lengths to which animals who … [Read more...] about Give the gift of a spay (or neuter) this Mother’s Day